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On Campus and Beyond: From Speaking to Writing, Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my previous blog (Part 1), I provided a few suggestions on how speaking activities from two units in the ESL speaking class that I taught this summer could be adjusted and implemented in a writing course. My goal was … Continue reading

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Teaching Empathy to Children Through Storytelling

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

As English learners enter school this year, one of our most important jobs as teachers is to help them adjust to the American classroom. It is important to make our ELs feel welcome and accepted. With all of the anti-immigrant and … Continue reading

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Adapting Folktales for ELL Learning Activities

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

We content-based teachers often struggle with how to make students focus on the specific reading skills we want them to learn without being distracted or overwhelmed by the language. This gets more difficult when my activity focuses on fiction, especially … Continue reading

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Can We Really “Teach Peace”?

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

In light of recent violence in the world,  I have been pondering the role of educators in this shifting paradigm.  As members of an international organization, TESOL professionals can be found in every part of the globe, working with all types … Continue reading

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The Reasons for the Seasons: Making Holiday Activities for ELLS

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

When I was a student, I planned my months around the holidays. The abbreviated weeks were much needed breaks from the classroom routine and milestones towards summer vacations. I’d like to say I used that extra time to do some … Continue reading

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5 Back-to-School Activities Supporting Student Diversity

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In a previous blog, Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment for Pre-K-5 ELs, I wrote about how teachers can alleviate many fears experienced by English learners (ELs) who are new to the United States by creating a welcoming environment in their classrooms. … Continue reading

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Connectivity With Google’s Cultural Institute

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

One of the greatest benefits of being online is the global connectivity it brings—connection to other people, other places, other perspectives, and, of course, other languages. Language teachers have been long aware of the connection between language learning and cultural … Continue reading

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TESOL 2015: Focus on Culture

Christine Uliassi
Christine Uliassi

The theme of the TESOL 2015 convention was “Crossing Borders, Building Bridges.” Here is a summary of the wonderful sessions I attended related to culture and intercultural communication; hopefully you can use some of what I learned in your own … Continue reading

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